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Full text of "Poland Russia and Great Britain 1941-1945"

I am obliged, Mr. Chairman, to bring the following further facts to your
notice :
On July 16, 1942, this Embassy received news of a search having been
carried out by the local authorities in the office of the Embassy Delegate
in Barnaul, the arrest of the Embassy Delegate Dr. J. Mattoszko and his
staff, M. Siedlecki, D. Wajgetner, J. Kowalewski and K. Bartosz, and of
the seizure by these same authorities of the archives and seal of the Delegate's
office and the closing of the Embassy's current account in the local branch
of the State Bank.
On July 17, 1942, this Embassy received news of a search having been
carried out by the local authorities in the office of the Embassy Delegate in
Samarkand and the arrest of Mr. M. Heitzman, Attache of Embassy, who
enjoys diplomatic immunity, and of the Delegate's staff, K. Kazimierczak,
F. Kowoi, K. Jaroszewski, and F. Mantel.
On July 18, 1942, this Embassy received news of a search having been
carried out by the local authorities in the office of the Embassy Delegate
in Kirov, where is located the greatest clearing warehouse on the territory
of the U.S.S.R. for goods arriving from Allied States for the Polish Embassy
in the U.S.S.R. At the same time Mr. A. Wisinski, the Embassy Delegate
in Kirov, whose appointment to this post received the approval of the
People's Commissariat for Foreign Affairs on June 26, 1942, was arrested,
together with his staff, T. Slucki, F. Dubrowski, S. Fink and Z. Piotrowski.
On July 19, 1942, this Embassy received news that the office of the
Embassy Delegate in Petropavlovsk had been de facto deprived of its
freedom of action, while stores of relief goods sent to the Polish Embassy
from Allied States, located at the station of Mamlutka, were closed and
sealed by the local authorities.
On the same day, this Embassy received similar information concerning
the office of the Embassy Delegate in Syktyvkar, where Dr. Winiarczyk,
the Embassy Delegate, was arrested.
Further details of the aforementioned steps taken by the Soviet Authorities
with regard to the local offices of this Embassy are as yet unknown to me.
I do, however, possess information to the effect that telegrams addressed
to this Embassy and containing reports on these events, are not delivered
to this Embassy and that this Embassy's telegrams to certain of its Delegates
and representatives are being intercepted. The dispatches in question
included those sent by the Ambassador and intercepted and not delivered
to Attaches of Embassy Ploski and Lickindorf and to Secretaries of Embassy
Glogowski and Gruja, which contained instructions in accordance with the
contents of this Embassy's Note to the People's Commissariat for Foreign
Affairs of July 10, 1942, No. D. 2871/42. This constitutes a new infringe-
ment of diplomatic immunity and privileges, established by law and
international custom.
Though I intend to return to each of the matters just mentioned on
receipt of more concrete and detailed information, I have, perforce, to limit
myself at present to protesting against the action of the Soviet ^authorities
in closing down the Embassy's relief organization ; and to insist that the
Delegates and their staffs who have been arrested be immediately set free,
and that the archives, seals and money belonging to the Embassy be returned.
At the same time I have to state that, as a consequence of instructions
issued by the Soviet Authorities during the last three weeks :
1. Four out of the twenty, that is 20% of the offices of Embassy
Delegates established in agreement with the People's Commissariat for
Foreign Affairs, namely, the offices of Embassy Delegates in Vladivostok,
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